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Interview: Argentinean academic bashes prejudices against China, calls for China-U.S. cooperation

(Xinhua)    12:45, February 19, 2020

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Argentinean academic Patricio Giusto has warned of prejudices against China and said cooperation between China and the United States benefits the world in a recent interview with Xinhua.

"To fully understand China's reality, it is important to get to know its long history, rich philosophy and majestic culture. It is the only way to eliminate ignorance and prejudices," said Giusto, a professor with the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.

The expert highlighted the valuable contribution of a newly-published book -- "Fake Fear: America and China Relations" -- to helping other countries better understand China, as well as the current debate on present and future China-U.S. relations.

"The book helps remove habitual prejudices and false theories on China and expound its intentions on the international stage," said Giusto, who is also a visiting professor at China's Zhejiang University.

He warned of a growing number of anti-China politicians and intellectuals who are gaining influence in American politics, and discussed "the dangerous consequences that this could have for relations between both powers and for the rest of the world."

"The concept of the 'China threat' must be done away with through a critical and honest analysis based on the reality," the academic said.

During the past 40 years, according to Giusto, China has proven its economic strength to the rest of the world. "Today, it is a technology power and innovator," as well as "the main engine of trade and investment internationally."

"The world needs China and the United States to cooperate responsibly to confront the enormous global challenges of the 21st century," he said.

The book, which was published in January 2020 in the United Kingdom, focuses on issues like the similarity between the aspirations of the Chinese and American people, the history of diplomatic relations between both nations, cultural integration in China and the United States, and the necessity of abandoning the idea of win-lose and instead focusing on mutually beneficial cooperation.

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